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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,403 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,403
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 140 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-16-2011)
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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

brendaniel, Dec 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ryendavid, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours coffee black (without the cream!) with a heaping of frothy brownish foam head. Smell is intense, as is everything with this imperial IPA.

Loads of roasted malts take to your nose, somewhat overpowering. Chocolate comes through, as does the high ABV alcohol.

While I enjoy a beer with character, I think the alcohol overpowers the taste here. Almost like liquor was just thrown in. Notes of oatmeal come through, as does dark chocolate and some citrus from the hops.

Beer grew on my as I drank my 8oz, but overall thought it was just a little too strong. Unnecessarily.

devinoconnor, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of TGS
5/5  rDev +18.5%

TGS, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of asparkoflife
4/5  rDev -5.2%

asparkoflife, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Sicem99
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Sicem99, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking beer with a solid three plus figners of dense head that leaves lots and lots of lacing. Dark looking beer with brown head.

S - Lots of roasted malts but not too overpowering, some nice sweet grapefruit scents with nice piney hops.

T - The hops hit up fron and are piney with a little bit of citrus, not the burnt taste to may be expecting but some nice subtle chocolate sweet notes. Nice and sweet not to heavy

M - Medium to full bodied as it was a little surupy. Was really smoth and clean though, doesn't feel heavy

O - Really a great beer, Stone has some great beers so if you have not had any... GET THEM!!!

OleJohnnieAle, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Ty82884
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Ty82884, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of pburland23
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a 22 ounce bombed into my Great Divide tulip.

Pours a stout-like opaque dark black with two and half towering fingers of mocha colored head. Moderate head retention and a ridiculous draping of thick, clingy lacing.

Smell is underwhelming. I was expecting a real, quintessential Stone hop bomb. But, the preeminent aroma was more dark candied sugar and sweet malt. At the tale end of the nose, there's a whiff of dank, earthy hops. Wish there had been more.

Taste start off overly sweet and malty. Then, there's a huge wallop of biting hops bitterness in the middle of the sip which slips away to a slight touch of roastiness. The happiness mellowed as the beer warmed, but this one tasted more black ale and less IPA throughout.

Mouthfeel is mildly thick with a healthy dose of carbonation. High ABV but the booze is hidden quite well.

Overall, I'm not impressed. Stone is using spot on but this one misses the mark. The flavored are muddled and the beer suffers from an identity crisis.

pburland23, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

JazzIPA55, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

whallgren, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of toneigh
4/5  rDev -5.2%

toneigh, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having a Stone Imperial Black IPA...WOW!!! The beer pours a black/opaque with finger thick tan head that is lacing like a...The smell includes citrus and malty tones. The taste is amazing...and a sipping beer. There is a fresh hop bitter grapefruit zing that is mixed with caramel roast malt. The mouthfeel is a full body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer for sipping....sessioning this one would lead to big problems.

WoodBrew, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

alwaysanswerb, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

TheRougeBastard, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me last week.

Appearance- black color, thin tan head

Smell- roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, raisins

Taste- chocolate, coffee

Mouthfeel-- full bodied

Drinkability- very good, It's very much like a stout and very enjoyable.

jeffjeff1, Dec 03, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber pored into my Stone Imperial Pint Glass

A - Jet black, Stout like. 2 fingers of tan head and sticky lace that clings to the glass all the way down

S - Looks like a stout, smells like an IPA. Chocolatey malts and citrusy hops. Very nice

T - Wow, starts out like a strong stout, then it turns into an IPA, but finishes with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes combined with piny hops

M - Thick and full mouthfeel. Goes down like a stout

O - An excellent brew, with the best of a stout and an IPA. The alcohol is hidden in the taste for the most part, but I can feel the high abv kicking in seriously after a few minutes.

BeerDawgs, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

JohnPhillippi, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

kgoodnow, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful motor oil black with a chocolaty two-finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaves abundant lacing.

S - yeasty, chocolatey, with a bit of raisin or prune. Tons of roasted malt and coffee.

T - This is a wonderful black IPA. Delicious, full-bodied, distinctive chocolate and coffee notes with a hoppy bitterness like chicory. Sweet malt and hoppy bitterness vie for prominence

M - Medium bodied, light effervescence, pleasant bitter taste that stays on the tongue. Very creamy and smooth.

O - Like just every Stone brew, I really like this black IPA. Heavier and more flavorful than others black IPA's I have tried by a long measure. The 10.8% ABV isn't oppressive. Overall a great drink.

BurpingtonDC, Dec 02, 2011
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,403 ratings.